CFR’s Haass (Jokingly) on RGIII’s Injury: ‘Reckless Endangerment’

Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III injures his previously injured right knee during Sunday's NFL playoff loss. One defense and foreign policy thought leader weighed in on the controversy surrounding the injury. (Getty Images)

Richard Haass is an expert in many areas in the defense, national security and foreign policy realms.

After all, he is president of the Council on Foreign Relations. His resume includes positions like policy planning chief at the State Department, special advisor to the president, National Security Council Near East and South Asia affairs senior director and U.S. envoy to the Northern Ireland peace process. Add to that list…RGIII’s knee?!

Yes, you read that correctly. During a Tuesday appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” telecast, Haass joined the chorus of sports analysts, columnists, raido hosts and fans who believe Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan should have taken his clearly hobbled quarterback and franchise pillar, Robert Griffin III, out of Sunday’s playoff loss long before he severely injured his right knee. Griffin underwent surgery on the knee early Wednesday morning, though it remains — in typical Redskins fashion — unclear just how much damage was done to the ligaments within.

Haass — jokingly, we think — blurted out Shanahan is guilty of “reckless endangerment.” In the long tradition of sports fandom, Haass didn’t stop there, saying, “there ought to be an arrest warrant issued.”


John T. Bennett

John T. Bennett

Bennett is the Editor of Defense News' CongressWatch channel. He has a Masters degree in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University.
John T. Bennett